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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 184, September 20-21, 1851

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Identifier: DX01046771

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 2, page 184, September 20-21, 1851

Description: Comments on a visit to Thomas Picton's home and gossip with him about Mrs. Kidder and other acquaintances.


They tried to put him [John B. Holmes] out I suppose, (for he did’nt recollect anything very distinctly) and there was a general-fight, all pitching into Holmes. His wife [Ada Holmes] came down leaving window open and lamp near it, wind blew curtain & set it on fire. An alarm of “fire” raised at this & the row, and a posse of firemen blocked up the street; the watch came, and after more fighting in which Holmes was bruised considerably they took him off to the City hall cells and locked him up all night. Next morning he was fined $10; and all the early part of the day he had been occupied in removing his goods from Mrs Patersons. / To Castle Garden, got linen, sate and meditated. I like the old Battery. / After supper, crossed to Brooklyn, & called at the Dunsier’s. Mrs D alone within. Sate an hour or two, then back to New York at about 11. Out again after a fire, with room-fellow young Hooper.

21. Sunday. Drawing during the forenoon — poster for “Ike Chivvles.” Afternoon, at about 5 to [Thomas] Picton’s at Fourth Street. Found him and a visitor imbibing coffee and joined them. Very soon says Picton “I understand you visit some acquaintances of mine —. Mrs [Rebecca] Kidder’s!” So they talk together, spicing with scandal pretty strong. Picton knew Mrs K well, believed-ahem! Knew Mrs George Brown, “Mary Campbell,” knew her as Mrs Bartholomew. “Old man — her guardian, jealous as the devil; she wasn’t married to him (This I believe to be a lie); — going to run away with different young fellows various times! / Now men are so careless of character and willing to believe evil, nought can be attached to such loose scandal; for or against. / She had brought him her book after the Tribune’s assault — he had puffed it in “The Leader.” / Anon says he, to me. “So you’ve been making love to the Goddess of Liberty?” (This was Miss Margaret Brown, he had so dubbed her, from her resemblance to French lithograph of that title, and it really is not at all a bad comparison; — save that she looks more severe than serene; — lithograph’s the handsomer.) Says Picton, “You’ll catch particular h__l if you carry on in that quarter.”

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1851-09-20

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Parks
Women authors
19th century
Fire fighters
Castle Garden (New York, N.Y.)
Battery Park (New York, N.Y.)


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